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Faculty Advisors

Smith, Albert F.

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In lexical decision experiments in which target strings were flanked by pairs of bigrams, Grainger, Mathot, and Vitu (2014) and Palinski (2016) found, for words, better performance when flanking bigrams contained target-string letters (e.g., FR FROG OG; OG FROG FR; RF FROG GO; GO FROG RF) than when they did not (e.g., EX FROG IT); better performance when flanking bigrams contained letters ordered as in the target (e.g., FR FROG OG; OG FROG FR) than switched (e.g., RF FROG GO; GO FROG RF); and no effect on performance of proximity of flanking letters to their locations in the targets. We plan (and have programmed) an experiment to investigate (1) whether the effects of whether flanking bigrams contain target-string letters are facilitative, interfering, or both; (2) the general effect of flanking characters; and (3) whether proximity of flanking letters to their locations in targets affects performance when flanking letters are ordered as in targets. This experiment will include three previously used display conditions (e.g., FR FROG OG; OG FROG FR; EX FROG IT) and two control conditions—one in which no characters will flank targets and one in which targets will be flanked by special character bigrams (e.g., #* FROG %&).

Publication Date

2018

College

College of Sciences and Health Professions

Department

Psychology

Reading Between the Bigrams

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